Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings – what a treat! Apple dumplings rank high in my family’s list of favorites. Summer is here, and produce is bountiful. There are so many choices of fruits and vegetables. Canning season is in progress and before we know it, autumn will be here. This is the recipe that my mother used, and it comes from The Mennonite Community Cookbook. I grew up with this apple dumpling recipe, but my mother didn’t use red … Read more

Quick Cobbler


Quick Cobbler. This cobbler is one of my favorite desserts. It’s also easy. And simple. And good. I’m re-posting this from two years ago because it’s such a popular recipe. Plus, it’s blackberry season at my  house, and when Dave came in from picking blackberries, he mentioned blackberry cobbler quite a few times! I came across this recipe thirty-five years ago when I was searching frantically for a simple, easy dessert for out-of-town guests. I … Read more

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Strawberry pie (a re-post). Strawberry season is here. That means summer is just around the corner. It’s time to make that strawberry pie! We picked up some freshly-picked strawberries last evening. The pie is ready to be served tonight. The recipe I use comes from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets, compiled by Esther H. Shank and published by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania.  You can use this recipe for any kind of fresh fruit pie. Substitute … Read more

No Bake Creamy Cheesecake

creamy cheesecake

The cream of creamy! If you like cream cheese and creamy, you’ll love this recipe. The ingredients are a lot like the recipe for Cream Cheese Delight, but it’s creamier because of one ingredient, richer because of the amount of cream cheese, and uses two flavorings instead of one. This creamy cheesecake freezes well, which is another plus. I need to remember that the next time I make it! My friend and cousin-in-law Jeannette Hartman … Read more

Graham Cracker Pudding

Prenuptial agreement Graham Cracker Pudding takes me back to my childhood when picnics and church potluck dinners had every imaginable dessert – including this dish – from which to choose. Dave and I had only one prenuptial agreement, and that was about graham crackers. You see, I grew up on Honey Maid graham crackers, and it’s the only brand I eat – if I can help it. A few months before we were married, we were … Read more